Happy Sunday stampin' friends! Today I'm participating in the Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop. If you haven't visited my blog before, WELCOME! I hope you'll come back often!
This month, our theme is Travel/Adventure. I don't feel like I get to travel a LOT, but when I do, I try to make it count! My sister and I started traveling together a few years ago when we took a trip to Europe for 20 days. We made some fantastic memories but my favorite memory is the time I got to spend with her. Since then, we've taken a couple of other trips together (we realized that we are really good travel buddies!). A year ago in July, along with my husband, we went on a cruise to Alaska. It was a fantastic trip! Today's page is a fun memory from that trip...
As far as scrapbook pages go, this one is pretty simple. Although some of my pages are definitely more elaborate, sometimes I like to keep this simple. I think this is important for a couple of reasons--first, simplicity keeps things moving along. For example, this page is part of an entire album I've been working on for this trip. It's been over a year since we got home and I'm still only about half way done with the album...if every page was time-consuming, I'd NEVER finish it! Second, I hope it encourages people to know that every page does not have to be a masterpiece! Scrapbooking is about preserving memories for ourselves and to share with others...if it's an overwhelming task, it could be that you'll never start. If you've never scrapbooked before, I hope you'll consider putting together a simple page...hopefully you'll fall in love with it!
I actually had four pictures to use on this page but I knew I was only going to be able to fit three. Sometimes its hard to narrow down what to use but try to choose the ones that tell the story best. With these photos, I had an additional problem in that one of my photos was blurry (ask me how with great digitial cameras now days I ended up with a blurry one and I'll tell you I probably wasn't wearing my glasses when I looked at it!!). Even though the picture I chose to leave out was better quality, the one with my sister was the one I wanted to use to help tell the story. Although we want to use the best photographs possible, sometimes we have to use one that may not be the best quality--especially if we're using older photos--it's OK!
I built this page on 12 x 12 Basic Black cardstock. Even though this is not a Christmas page, I chose papers from the Under the Mistletoe collection for the background because the warm plaids reminded me of Alaska, especially Ketchikan. I cut a strip of three coordinating papers for the background, then chose to mount all the photos onto Real Red cardstock to help them stand out.
I typically like to write my journaling but sometimes, if I have a lot to say, I like to type up the journaling on my computer, then print it onto Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock. I also decided to do part of the title this way as well. I cut the letters for "PAM" from Real Red cardstock using the Large Letters framelits and ran them through the Subtle embossing folder to add a bit of texture.
And that's really it...a simple layout but it still tells the story I wanted to share. If you're visiting today and you've never scrapbooked because you are overwhelmed with the thought of it all, I hope this encourages you to give it a try! There's nothing wrong with beautiful, elaborate pages, but sometimes simple ones can accomplish what you need. :)
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